Definitions

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  • n. A female chief or the wife of a chief.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A female chief. Carver.

Etymologies

chief +‎ -ess (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Yet, as she returned, the high pose of head, the level-lidded gaze of her long brown eyes under royal arches of eyebrows, the softly set lines of her small mouth that fairly sang sweetness of kisses after sixty-eight years — all made her the very picture of a chiefess of old Hawaii full-bursting through her ampleness of haole blood.

    ON THE MAKALOA MAT

  • Shorter than Bella was Martha, a trifle, but the merest trifle, less queenly of port; but beautifully and generously proportioned, mellowed rather than dismantled by years, her Polynesian chiefess figure eloquent and glorious under the satisfying lines of a half-fitting, grandly sweeping, black-silk holoku trimmed with black lace more costly than a Paris gown.

    ON THE MAKALOA MAT

  • She was a grand young woman with a body generous as that of a chiefess and more wonderful, as she came upon us, across the wet sand, in the shimmer of the moonlight.

    THE BONES OF KAHEKILI

  • She was his living alii, his alii kapo (sacred chiefess).

    SHIN-BONES

  • I thumbed through a photo album of Wallace and Delia with their new baby, named after the Maui surf chiefess in Hawaiian mythology.

    Cupcake

  • Her birth parents were high chief Kapaakea and chiefess Keohokalol, but she was adopted at birth by Abner and Konia Paki.

    What if No One's Watching?: December 2006 Archives

  • “Will my spirit never die, and can this poor weak body live again?” an old chiefess exclaimed, and this delighted surprise seemed the general feeling of the natives.

    The Hawaiian Archipelago

  • Gwenny Goblin, with similar guidance, had become a goblin chiefess.

    Up In A Heaval

  • I am Gwendolyn Goblin, chiefess of Goblin Mountain, but please call me Gwenny.

    Up In A Heaval

  • "Yes, that is your pretext, so that you can travel around the country looking for a suitable princess or, in this case, chiefess."

    Up In A Heaval

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